Cost: $20 (and more if the house is in a flood zone)
Depending on where you live, this certification may be essential. Basically you’re paying someone to review a flood map and determine whether or not your house is in a flood zone 😬.
Just know that if the home is in a flood zone, you’ll need to be prepared to pay a whole lot more to protect your home.
“If you happen to be in a flood zone, next steps should be looking into flood insurance or investing in flood prevention renovations, like installing pumps or waterproofing. While waterproofing a basement can cost on average anywhere from $1,900 to $6,500, it still beats having to pay over $25,000 after a flood has already done its damage,” says Trapasso.